Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) has introduced legislation to expand pathways for high school students who want to pursue college courses or career tech classes.
AB 1451 Concurrent Enrollment would expand and encourage opportunities for high school students who are capable of advanced scholastic or vocational work to enroll in community college courses. It would also encourage students who need additional help passing the California High School Exit Exam and students who traditionally do not attend college, but would like to see if it’s the right path for them.
“California’s economy depends on a highly educated workforce. This bill would give high school students a head start on their college careers and ease the transition from high school to college,” explained Assemblymember Holden. “Concurrent enrollment also provides for career-technical partnerships and coursework. It’s a win-win for both sides.”
AB 1451 would modify the restrictions on enrolling high school students in community college courses by creating formal partnerships between community college districts and high schools in its area. Secondary schools would be able to monitor the progress of their pupils enrolled in local colleges.
Advocates of concurrent enrollment point to the benefits that occur when students are given exposure to college such as helping both high and low achieving students integrate in a college environment, decrease the length of time to complete a degree and stimulate interest in higher education among high school students.